A man-made, so called natural disaster and resiliency of hill community: Himalayan tsunami in India

Subhasis Bhadra


Disaster intervention is an empowering process to reduce vulnerability, thus building resiliency among survivors. Empowerment is an outcome of capability that is derived by altering the situation and enhancing functionality of the individuals. Any disaster causes number of disabling impacts among the survivors. The psychosocial impact is one of the most damaging consequences of any disaster that restricts the holistic recovery. Psychosocial intervention is a cross-cutting theme recommended by international guidelines on disaster intervention for building resiliency. Among the survivors resiliency as the capacity to bounce back in a positive way after any severe disaster is build through psychosocial interventions.

Natural disasters are typically understood by nature’s fury, but exploitative human engagement with nature is emerging as a major concern that is often causing man-made but natural disaster like Himalayan Tsunami in India in 2013. Typically this disaster attracted huge attention due to presence of large number of pilgrim who had to be rescued on war footage. An intervention to promote resiliency among the survivors at individual, family and community levels that firmly encouraged community participation and develop innate capability of the survivors. Through capacity building of the local staffs and volunteers the programs reach-out to the remote locations of hilly trench and thrust up on holistic recovery.


Himalayan Tsunami; empowerment; capability; psychosocial support; resiliency building

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